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Tressi L. Cordaro

Washington, D.C. Region

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Tressi L. Cordaro is a Shareholder in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Published Works

  • "All Eyes on the Road," American Cranes & Transport (July 2011)
  • "Workplace Safety - MOSH & OSHA in 2011," Maryland State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Spring 2011)

Speeches and Presentations

  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee – “OSHA Update” – Indianapolis (2013) (presenter)
  • U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission Judicial Conference – Significant Decisions (2012) (presenter)
  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee - "OSHA Update" – Albuquerque (2012) (presenter)
  • American Bar Association, OSH Law Midwinter Meeting – Significant Decisions (2012) (moderator)
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) – OSHA Fundamentals – What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know and Do Before, During, and After an OSHA Inspection (2011) (presenter)
  • Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) – Crane & Rigging Workshop – Preparing for OSHA’s Recent Climate Change (2011) (presenter)

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October 28, 2015
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Tressi Cordaro Comments on OSHA's Proposed Recordkeeping Rule

October 28, 2015

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA's proposed recordkeeping rule in Bloomberg BNA's "Employers Target OSHA Proposed Record-Keeping Rule." Subscription may be required to view article       Read More

October 15, 2015
Business Insurance

Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA's Revised Reporting Agreements

October 15, 2015

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA's revised reporting agreements in "New workplace injury reporting rules confuse employers, swamp OSHA," published by Business Insurance. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

September 8, 2015

Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA's Confined Spaces in Construction Standard

September 8, 2015

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA's Confined Spaces in Construction standard in remodeling's "Reg Watch: The Latest Jobsite Safety Updates." Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

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November 20, 2015

Fainting is Recordable Even If Caused by Non-Recordable Event

November 20, 2015

Fainting is recordable under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s injury reporting rules, even if the loss-of-consciousness is due to a non-recordable injury incurred at work, the agency said in an interpretation letter to a West Virginia retailer. The retailer’s inquiry described an employee who had... Read More

October 22, 2015

House Lawmakers Grill OSHA Administrator on Enforcement Issues

October 22, 2015

At a House subcommittee hearing on October 7, the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Dr. David Michaels, faced a grilling from Republican lawmakers over recently issued guidance memoranda for agency inspectors and examples of allegedly over-the-top enforcement actions. In opening remarks, Workforce Protections... Read More

October 7, 2015

NIOSH Seeks Comment on Research Plan for Oil and Gas Industry

October 7, 2015

Triggered by an annual fatality rate among oil and gas exploration and production workers that for years was seven times the average for all U.S. workers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has put together a draft strategic 10-year research plan to address the issue and is seeking comment from stakeholders... Read More

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OSHA Anticipates Issuing Several New Final Rules in Early 2016
November 23, 2015

On November 20, 2015 the fall semiannual regulatory agenda for federal agencies was published. This Regulatory Agenda provides a complete list of all regulatory actions that are under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review and covers regulatory actions for over 60 federal departments, agencies, and commissions. Read More

OSHA Seeks Comments on its Updated Voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines
November 20, 2015

This week OSHA announced that it is seeking public comment on its updated voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines (OSHA-2015-0018) which it hopes “will provide employers and workers with a sound, flexible framework for addressing safety and health issues in the workplace.” Comments must be received by February 15th, 2016 Read More

Who is Responsible for Recording Injuries and Illnesses of Temporary Workers?
November 16, 2015

OSHA is being criticized for a recent interpretation letter clarifying who is responsible for recording illnesses and injuries in what the agency considers a “joint employer relationship” where supervision is shared between a host employer and a staffing agency. Read More